Piquant parcels: 8 dumplings to try for Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with spicy mala dumplings and rice parcels stuffed with unagi, black truffle or sambal prawns

The annual Dragon Boat Festival or Duan Wu Jie returns on June 18 and hotels and restaurants are already rolling out pyramids and parcels of wrapped glutinous rice.

The festival honours the death of famous Chinese Warring States poet Qu Yuan, who is said to have waded into a river to commit suicide after his country's capital was captured.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Piquant parcels'. Subscribe